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Bow Waves in the Trade Wind Cloud Inversion Layer

Today in the #CanaryIslands as seen by the NASA Terra sensor (713km above us): Lovely 'bow waves' appear in the trade wind cloud layer as it approaches the mountainous isles from the N/NE. But Aha! How does the wind know each island is ahead of it? Can the wind itself predict what is ahead of it? (answer below)


Answer: Much like the way a motorway traffic jam propagates backwards against the flow of traffic, the velocity and air pressure fields change considerably in the airflow ahead of the Isles